Abbeville Historic District

Roughly bounded by Seaboard Coastline RR, SR 72, Rickey, Haight, Hemphill and Haigler Sts., Abbeville, South Carolina

Historic business and residential district in Abbeville, SC


Southwest Side of the Abbeville Town Square

Photo taken by Michael Miller


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The Abbeville Historic District is comprised of a large portion of the city of Abbeville, the county seat of Abbeville County, South Carolina. Of the 528 properties in the district, 319 contribute to its historical character. The focal point of the district is the Court Square, on which are located the County Courthouse, Municipal Building, and a well-preserved collection of late nineteenth century brick commercial buildings. The district also includes the older residential section sections of the city, several churches, two school buildings, and three buildings associated with the city’s railroad history. The city of Abbeville was formed in the late eighteenth century; however, most of the properties included in the district reflect the city’s history throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As a result, the buildings display a wide variety of architectural styles including Second Empire, Gothic Revival, Beaux-Arts, Queen Anne and Bungalow. In addition, the district reflects the city’s role as a commercial center for the surrounding county. The city is also noted for its role in the political and governmental development of the area. Several residences are important for their association with persons or events of historical significance are located within the boundaries of the district. Listed in the National Register September 14, 1972; Boundary increase May 7, 1984.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 14, 1972
Reference number
Areas of significance
Commerce; Politics/Government; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Business
Current functions
Single dwelling; Business
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1800-1824; 1750-1799; 1825-1849; 1925-1949
Significant years
ca. 1786; 1930
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 257
Contributing structures: 2
Contributing sites: 30
Contributing objects: 3
Non-contributing buildings: 356
Non-contributing structures: 9
Non-contributing sites: 26

Update Log 

  • June 30, 2017: New photos from Michael Miller
  • June 24, 2016: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • May 16, 2014: New photos from Michael Miller
  • October 23, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Overview"

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